Audio is the thing that can Make or Break a video. There are times when a Wireless Microphone is needed. Maybe a Speech needs to be filmed. Or, a video where the talent or actor moves around on camera and can’t be tied to a Wired microphone.
Well, a great option is the Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Lavalier (Lapel) Microphone!
It’s a Great Value for what it does. It is a Transmitter/Receiver pair, much like higher priced wireless option, only it uses Bluetooth Technology instead of Radio Frequency. The Transmitter and Receiver each use a single AAA battery for power. The receiver gets plugged into either a Smartphone or a camera. The Microphone (transmitter) gets clipped to your shirt/lapel.
Pricing for this Sony ECM-AW4 Bluetooth Microphone is from $150 to around $200 (sometimes higher) as of this writing. It is available from multiple sellers on the internet or some Big Box stores.
In the video below, I shot good sound at approximately 125 feet away, through a closed window!! I had the transmitter clipped to the front of my shirt and the receiver was plugged into an iPhone 4s back in my house as I shot the video through a window!! The iPhone 4s captured the Audio ( and some of the video) from the whole video shoot.
Items used in this Video:
-Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Microphone
-MiniSuit Selfie Stick
-Cable to plug Receiver into iPhone 4s for audio
-Radio Shack Adapter Plug (1/8 inch 4 segment Stereo plug to twin Female 1/8 inch) To adapt the cable into the iPhone 4s
OK. You Bought an iPhone or an Android Cell Phone, or a nice Digital SLR to be able to shoot video for YouTube. You practice shooting video and get pretty good at it.
After you import it into your favorite Video Editing Software, you realize that the AUDIO portion STINKS!!! It sounds “tinny” or distant or non-professional. What do you do? You can’t afford an expensive microphone, so do you resort to mediocre audio by relying on the iPhone’s or Android’s “on board” mic?
You get yourself a Cheap Shotgun Microphone that has GREAT Audio capabilities!!
I’m talking about the HTDZ HT-81 or Neewer 14.37″ Inch Shotgun Condenser Microphone!
The following video will show how to get GREAT Audio for not much money. (I know that “not much money” is a relative term, so please take a look at my newest video and I’ll explain it in detail.)
This microphone was the answer for me when it comes to being on a budget. It has Great Sound, is relatively inexpensive, and is easy to use.
This video will show how to setup This Shotgun Microphone for your Smartphone, Digital SLR and also for the Canon Mirrorless EOS M Camera.
Some of the Items Used in This Video:
-HTDZ HT-81 Shotgun Microphone
-iRig Pre Preamp, by IK Multimedia
– XLR Cable
-TRRS 1/8 Inch Female to Twin 1/8″ Male Cable
-iPhone 6 and 4S Cell Phones
-Canon EOS M Camera
This is a GREAT Video Tutorial that cuts through all the mysteries to setting up the Canon EOS M Mirrorless DSLR Camera for Great Video Capture!
Don’t Get Discouraged!
With This Video, You can NOW capture Great Video on your Canon EOS M.
How to select and change the important Settings on the camera:
How to shoot.
Settings for using your Tripod.
Shooting in Manual Mode.
Aperture. Shutter Speed. The 180 Degree Shutter Rule.
Selecting the Picture Style. Recording Format. ISO.
White Balance. Manual Focus. Optical Image Stabilization.
What settings are important to get Great Video.
Do you find yourself procrastinating your next video project because it seems overwhelming? Trying to organize your video is a bit time consuming, especially if you don’t use some sort of organization in your project.
Well, why not try a simple Shot List or Project list?
A Shot List helps you to be efficient, when it comes to shooting different parts of your video at the same time. So, instead of shooting Part I in your video then Part II and Part III and so on, you can sometimes combine several of the shots at the same time. Then, split them up in Post Processing.
There are many examples of a Shot List on the internet. This video is just an example of how I use a simple Shot List or Project List to keep me organized.
If you’ve ever used a poor microphone you’ve probably noticed that it will have a HISS during the part where the speaking has stopped. Even though the Rode SmartLav Microphone is an awesome, convenient Lavalier Mic, it too can suffer from Hiss.
Now, by using the Secret Settings shown in this video, you can minimize that HISS sound. These settings will need to be changed in the RodeRec App.
When coupled with Audacity (a FREE Audio Software) Hiss can be almost completely eliminated!!!
Ever wonder how some videos have GREAT audio and others do not? I used to.
Do you want to start having Great Audio for your videos? Well, keep reading because I think you’ll like this:
It’s sometimes hard to wade through the over abundance of information on the web to know what is a decent microphone and what isn’t.
Well, I’ve found a microphone that won’t “Break the Bank”, is easy to use and sounds Great!!
It’s called the Rode SmartLav. It plugs into your iPhone, iPod or iPad and clips onto your shirt. It uses an App called the RodeRec App to record your audio.
It will also work with Android devices, but you’ll have to use another Audio App for the Android device, as the RodeRec App won’t work with Android…Yet. But, most audio Apps for Android will work with the Rode SmartLav.
Take a look at this video and see what I mean.
Pretty soon you’ll have Great Audio to go with your Great Video, too!!
Some of the equipment used in this video:
-Canon 60D DSLR
-Rode SmartLav Microphone
-Camtasia 8 Video/Screencast software
-2 Softboxes with 5 each 65 watt Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
-CF Back Light
-Black Screen in the background
-Fluorescent Ring Light
-Tripod for DSLR
-Apple iPhone 4 and 4S Smartphones
-Audio Technica ATR3350 Corded Lav Mic
-Audio Technica ATR2100 Desktop USB Mic
-Dropbox (to transfer files)
Would you like to be able to remotely control your Digital SLR by using your iPad or iPhone? I did, too. So, I bought this CamRanger Wireless Remote Control.
WOW!!! It really does what it says it will. I can NOW remotely control my Canon DSLR by using my iPad or iPhone (Or, my PC!)
And, not only does it control the Shutter, but also: Shutter Speed, ISO, F/Stop, Tap to Focus and MORE!!
It sets up it’s own Wireless Network that you can connect the Camera (using a cable) and the Device (iPad, iPhone, Android, iPod, PC or Mac) Wirelessly!!
Take a look and see what you think.
Check out CamRanger on their Website:
Podcasting from your Home or Apartment with BossJock Studio IOS App and the Audio-Technica ATR2100 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone!
It’s really amazing what you can do for a little bit of money, compared to a few years ago.
Who ever thought that you could Podcast from your house without Thousands of $$$ Dollars worth of equipment.
NOW YOU CAN!!
For as little as $10.00 (and an iPad or iPhone) You’ll be Podcasting like no tomorrow!! For as little as $100.00 You’ll also be able to use a High Quality Microphone that plugs right into your iPad or iPhone.
Take a look at this video (below) and see how it’s done.
YOU CAN DO IT!!
You can have your own Podcasting Studio. Right in your own house!
Do you think it’s expensive to have the equipment to Podcast? Nope.
This is a truly AMAZING Podcasting App from the Apple App Store.
The App is called BossJock Studio. It allows you to make professional sounding Podcasts right from your iPad or iPhone. Just download the app to your Apple device, load a few songs to your “cart” and you’re off and running.
When used in conjunction with a portable microphone like the Samson Go Mic, you’ll be able to Podcast On-The-Road. No more excuses.
BossJock Studio App is an All-In-One High Quality, Inexpensive, Mobile Podcasting Solution for your iPad or iPhone. Just download the BossJock Studio App and you can Podcast from your device.
BossJock Studio App for IOS
Samson Go Mic
Apple Camera Connection Kit
Take your Show on the Road with the BossJock Studio Podcasting App!!
Totally mobile solution to Podcasting on the road.